Union Boss Makes Case Against Arming Teachers: ‘If I Make My Teacher Angry, Is My Teacher Going to Shoot Me?’

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New Jersey American Federation of Teachers president Donna Chiera, when asked Thursday on NBC's "Today" about how arming teachers in the classroom might impact students, had this to say:

"I would hate for students to say, 'Oh, my goodness, if I answer the wrong question, is my teacher going to shoot me? If I make my teacher angry, is my teacher going to shoot me?'"

NJ Teachers Union President Donna Chiera Says Arming Teachers in the Classroom Would Create Fearful Environment

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NJAFT President Donna Chiera (Credit: Newsbusters)

Newsbusters reports that guest host Carson Daly followed up thusly: "Do you think they would they make that connection?" (And check out news reader Natalie Morales' facial expression directed toward Chiera at this point):

NJ Teachers Union President Donna Chiera Says Arming Teachers in the Classroom Would Create Fearful Environment

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(Credit: Newsbusters)

Chiera didn't back down; she went further:

"Because of the media and everything they've been exposed to, where people on a regular basis they see on TV, someone got mad and pulled out a gun. I also think it impacts parents. Parents many times come into classrooms to have uncomfortable conversations with teachers. And I wouldn't want parents to come in and be hesitant to say something to me with, 'Is this the teacher who's packing the gun, and what do I have to be fearful?' I think it would make an environment of fear."

Check out the clip:

(H/T: Weasel Zippers)

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